How to afford your kids’ school post-divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Divorce

Divorce can inspire a whirlwind of emotions, and amidst the upheaval, financial concerns often take center stage. This is often especially true for stay-at-home parents who need to provide for children as they move forward.

But here’s the good news: there are steps you can take to help ensure your child’s education remains a priority, even after a divorce.

Child support and educational costs

In most divorce settlements, child support is awarded to the primary custodian – the parent with whom the child spends the majority of their time. This support is meant to cover the child’s basic needs, including education. However, educational costs can go beyond basic needs, encompassing things like extracurricular activities, private school tuition or college savings.

You can keep up with your kids’ educational expenses by including a specific clause in your custody agreement that outlines how educational expenses will be shared. This can encompass private school tuition, after-school programs or even college contributions. Remember, open communication with your co-parent and a commitment to your child’s well-being can pave the way for a solution that works for both of you.

Financial options for stay-at-home parents

Aside from ensuring you receive sufficient child support from your co-parent, there are other financial options you can explore if you are someone who was a stay-at-home parent during your marriage. You can consider re-entering the workforce to help ensure you have an income now that you are divorcing. Take stock of your skills and experience, both paid and unpaid.

Homemaking involves a vast array of transferable skills – organization, budgeting and time management – that can be valuable assets in the workplace. Consider pursuing additional education or training to enhance your qualifications and increase your earning potential. Many government programs offer financial assistance for job training.

Financial aid and scholarships

If you are the primary custodian of your child, your employment status may or may not allow you to qualify for financial aid despite your ex-spouse’s significant income. Moreover, you can explore scholarships specifically geared towards students from divorced families or those with a single parent. Many organizations offer scholarships based on academic merit, financial need or specific areas of study.

Divorce can be a difficult journey, but remember, you are not alone. Understanding your legal rights, exploring financial options and accessing available resources can help ensure your child’s education remains a priority. With careful planning and a dependable legal team by your side, you can navigate this challenging time and empower your child to reach their full potential.

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